China will further tighten its internet regulations with a pledge on Sunday to strengthen controls over search engines and online news portals, the latest step in President Xi Jinping's push to maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Xi has made China's "cyber sovereignty" a top priority in his sweeping campaign to bolster security. He has also reasserted the ruling Communist Party's role in limiting and guiding online discussion.

The five-year cultural development and reform plan released by the party and State Council, or Cabinet, calls for a "perfecting" of laws and rules related to the internet.

That includes a qualification system for people working in online news, according to the plan, carried by the official Xinhua news agency.

"Strike hard against online rumors, harmful information, fake news, news extortion, fake media and fake reporters," it said, without giving details.

Xi has been explicit that media must follow the party line, uphold the correct guidance on public opinion and promote "positive propaganda." The plan comes on top of existing tight internet controls, which includes the blocking of popular foreign websites such as Google and Facebook.

    The government last week issued tighter rules for online news portals and network providers. Regulators say such controls are necessary in the face of growing security threats, and are done in accordance with the law.

    Speaking more broadly about the country's cultural sector, the plan calls for efforts to reinforce and improve "positive propaganda".

    "Strengthen and improve supervision over public opinion," it added.

    The plan also calls for more effort to be put into promoting China's point of view and cultural soft power globally, though without giving details.

    Source : This article was published in newsweek.com By REUTERS

    Categorized in Search Engine

    “Just Googling it” may do more harm than we think.

    In an eye-opening piece on Quartz titled “Googling gives us answers — but deprives us of intelligence,” writer Ted Hunt explores the darker side of search engines, specifically the way they affect our intellectual abilities.

    The idea he points to, the “Google Effect,” isn’t new, but it’s worth revisiting. In 2011, researchers from Columbia University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Harvard teamed up to study how having so much information readily available to us via the internet affects our memory. The Google Effect refers, broadly, to the idea that we get mentally complacent as a result of knowing that we can easily look something up if we need to. When we know an answer is at our fingertips, we’ll remember how to retrieve that information (see: Google search) but not how to recall the information on our own.

    Image courtesy of Unsplash

    This means “we quickly become less vigilant and increasingly passive in our judgement of the world around us,” Hunt writes. Knowing everything is readily available with a quick search makes us less reliant on our own thoughts and knowledge and cuts us off from the wisdom of others, too. In a nutshell, we’re mentally lazy not just about storing information for ourselves, but we’re also less likely to ask our friends or family for answers.

    While we can’t change the search system all at once, you can try looking something up in a place other than the internet before you turn to a search engine. Experiment with using an “old fashioned” technique like asking a friend, using an encyclopedia or heading to the library.

    This article was  published on journal.thriveglobal.com by Lorman

    Categorized in Search Engine

    Columnist Aaron Friedman discusses a mobile search future based on context and the Internet of Things (IoT).

    As mobile continues to grow, as more smartphones are bought, and as more apps are developed, we have also seen the growth of businesses like “app store optimization” and other services around optimizing for mobile.

    But what exactly are users doing on their phones? Is mobile SEO just going to be about “chasing the algorithm” and using the signals we learn through testing like traditional SEO? Or is there something bigger out there that we are missing?

    As I write this, I have to remind myself that I am the minority and that most users are not as “technically minded” as myself or my internet-obsessed peers. I tend to search through the app stores to see what’s new. I scour tech sites, my RSS feeds, and other tech reporters on social media to see what’s changing in the market.

    The average user in society does not behave this way, despite what some reports might say. The average user is looking for simplicity and wants information spoon-fed to them. They don’t want to search at all; in fact, the data suggest that they aren’t searching all that much on their phones to begin with:

    The average person with an Android smartphone is using it to search the web, from a browser, only 1.25 times per day.Roi Carthy, head of special projects at Everything.Me

    Kind of makes you wonder what people are actually doing on their phones, right?

    What People Do (And Don’t Do) On Smartphones

    Future of Search  - Phone image

    Almost all users, if not all users, use their phones with apps. They are highly engaged in social media, playing games, and communicating. But what most users are not doing regularly is conducting searches in a browser, let alone within the app store. The data suggest that users are more interested in the usefulness of the apps they have– they don’t necessarily search to find new ones that solve a need.

    Context Will Solve The App Discovery Problem

    Contextual understanding is about giving people the information they want when they need it the most. Remove the hard work for them and deliver what they will likely want at that exact moment.

    As an example: I am a frequent user of Uber and GetTaxi, but what if I land in a city where neither of those apps work? I can either call a taxi or find a comparable app, though it’s unlikely that I am going to take out my phone right then and start searching the app store.

    Bridging that gap with a contextual app discovery engine would solve for that by algorithmically recommending relevant apps to me based on my behavior, location, and/or other factors.

    But this contextual understanding can span far beyond apps.

    Adding Context To Search

    Google has been personalizing search results for a years now using our search history and social activity. This is, however, limited to activity within Google products.

    Imagine for a moment you are on a strict workout regimen, tracking the calories eaten on a phone app. Google may find this information useful when you perform a search for recipes. The results could be impacted by the calorie limit you set. Or better yet, Google could strive to understand your general eating habits and show different recipes at different times of days to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

    Thinking Beyond Search

    When the industry talks about context, limiting this to search and apps alone is a mistake. It needs to incorporate other parts of our daily activities for it to truly work. Just look at your Amazon recommendations after you search for “bachelor party favors,” or the Netflix history when there is trouble in paradise. The results can be terrifying, inaccurate, and not a true reflection of your interests. There needs to be more context behind it.

    Google Now Is Contextual, But Not Necessarily Integrated

    Google has been headed into the world of context more and more. Sometimes, the integration can be so incredibly seamless it’s frightening. Take, for example, how Google scans your email for various information like flights.

    When my mother was visiting us from abroad, I was supposed to drive her to the airport around 6:30 p.m. for her 11:00 p.m. flight — that is, until I got a notification on my phone that her flight was delayed.

    So, I casually said to her, “Mom, your flight is delayed.”

    “How do you know?”

    “My phone just told me,” I responded. It was so natural.

    A part of me thought, “Google, stay out of my life!” But the more technically savvy part thought that it was truly a magical experience.

    Google now- taking mom to airport

    Contextual Understanding Moves To Everything

    Take that example a step further. What if my phone had found a way to provide discounts to the airport bar — or, in the event of a flight cancellation, a possible hotel recommendation using HotelTonight or a similar app?

    The possibilities are endless. It’s just about mixing and matching permissions across apps and having one program smart enough to do that.

    Permit me some examples:

    Navigation & Travel

    When I turn my phone on, Waze understands (or predicts) where I will be traveling based on numerous factors.

    Future of Search - Navigation and Travel

    Waze does use predictive technology to some extent with ads they show when you stop, but there is still room for a significant amount of personalization to occur. The opportunities are limitless to guess what I will do next and connect me with my friends across the network.

    Wearable Technology Serving Ads In Context

    The Fitbit I own tracks how far I am walking, my speed, calories burned, sleep, and other various components. That is an incredible amount of data that could significantly enhance my mobile experience.

    Future of Search - wearable

    Using this data, my phone can start making predictions based on how fast I am moving or where I am geographically located. If the data tells Google I had a bad night sleep, and missed my bus, a nearby local coffee shop may decide to serve me a coupon for a free cup of coffee to get me in the door. Or, based on my eating habits (which come from the food app I am using), and depending on the time of day and the direction I am driving, it could suggest a nearby restaurant that fits that category but is new to me.

    Helping Relationships

    Facebook understands who my wife is based on my relationship status. My phone also has the capability to “always listen” (cue “OK Google”).

    Imagine for a second I am out, and a certain song comes on: the song that played at our wedding. SoundHound, which is a song recognition app, could pick that signal up and remind me to send my wife flowers, just because.

    Future of Search - Relationships
    A Rainy Day Solution

    Lets say I have a family outing planned at the county fair. As fate would have it, storms start rolling in. Understanding this, I might get a recommendations for alternative indoor plans, keeping me one step ahead of the crowd. Perhaps Lazer Tag.

    Future of Search  -  Rainy Day

    The Future Is Around the Corner

    We see this happening in silos right now so I don’t think this is so far off. Some apps are getting smarter, Google Now is providing additional context around our lives. But this fusion hasn’t entirely happened yet. It will only be a matter of time before someone decides to utilize this data to effectively make “a decision engine” for us, the end users. This contextual understanding is the future, and it’s only a matter of time.

    The dynamic search engine we know today will be significantly altered in the future. The future is about understanding user behavior online and offline. Perhaps the future of optimization has nothing to do with the internet at all, but everything to do with optimizing the user’s experience, helping shape their behavior, which will ultimately affect everything.

    Source : Searchengineland.com

    Categorized in Search Engine

    Did you know that 37% of all consumers say they use Social Media to find out about products/services?

    The big question: Are social networks search engines?

    Social Media is not just a place where you can connect with potential customers. Each Social Network now has its own search functionality which is a powerful tools which every business should be utilising.

    If you’re new to Social Media, or new to the concept of Social Media Optimisation, and the ability to search, and be found inside of Social, here is a breakdown of each social network, their search functionality and best practices.


    Facebook are currently testing a new and exciting local search feature that is said to rival the likes of Google Maps and Foursquare. Facebook users will be able to look at recommendations of places in a location near them.

    Facebook said the following:

    “We’re testing a new way to discover where to go and what to do around you.”

    Another great search feature inside of Facebook is Facebook’s Graph Search. You’re probably thinking “I thought this had been removed”. It hasn’t. Well, not entirely.

    Facebook Graph Search is still available, but it is hidden. You can use the simple search features but to get the more advanced search functionality, you must search a long-tail keyword and when the results appear, click “see more” to get full access.

    If a potential customer is trying to find a business through keywords around your industry, make sure that the keywords are in the posts you share on Facebook, in your description, bio and that you also link back to your website.

    If you are going to use Facebook to promote your business, don’t get disheartened by the lack of “reach”. Keep engaging on a regular basis, and look at ways to increase your following by running live webinars, events and competitions.


    As you probably know, Twitter is my favourite social network. I love Twitter not just because of the engagement I get, but because of its search functionality and the features available to hone in on what’s important.

    Using Twitter’s Advanced Search

    Advanced search is available when you’re logged into your Twitter account so that you can tailor search results to specific date ranges, people and more. This makes it easier to find specific Tweets about your industry.

    1. Enter your search into the search bar on twitter.com.
    2. At the top of your results page, click More options and then click Advanced search.
    3. Fill in the appropriate fields to refine your search results
    4. Click Search to see your results.

    You can refine your advanced search by tweets containing certain words, phrases and hashtags. You can also filter based on language used, tweets from specific users and places as well as by dates.

    To make sure you can be found via a potential customers refined search, include your location on your Twitter profile, have a description and a link back to your website. Also use your specific niche keywords for your business in your tweets so that if someone searches for that keyword, it will bring your business up.

    Top Tip: Create a “Twitter List” of influencers in your industry so that you can hone in on what’s important. You should also consider using the advanced search feature to find potential customers talk about your business, or products/services that you are currently marketing online.


    You might look at Pinterest and think whether it is a social network you should be using. The answer is YES.

    Pinterest has an amazing search functionality, and using Pinterest to upload visuals will give you a great Google Image ranking, if done correctly.

    I recently wrote an article about the latest Pinterest updates around search which you can read here.

    Best Practice


    Inside of Pinterest, the use of keywords is crucial. You should have all relevant keywords in your Pinterest bio, the descriptions of pins. You should also make sure that you are using a call-to-action in the description of your pins. Having your keywords in the descriptions of your boards will make them more “searchable” but keep it simple e.g. Social Media Tips.


    When creating a board, use a cover image that matches the overall feel of your brand, and colour scheme.


    80% of pins are re-pins. If you are going to re-pin, do make sure that you only openly re-pin pins that are relevant to your business, and your target market. For consistency, and overall brand awareness, this is important as you do not want to confuse your community.

    Linking Back To Your Website

    All of your pins, regardless of whether they are a re-pin should link back to your website.

    Top Tip: If you are a business, switch to a Pinterest Business Account so that you can take advantage of rich pins. Rich Pins are Pins that include extra information right on the Pin itself. There are 6 types of Rich Pins: app, movie, recipe, article, product and place.


    Did you know that 30% of internet users are now on Instagram?

    Instagram has been the social network of 2017, with the introduction of slideshow images, and Instagram Stories but, is Instagram a search engine? Yes, it is.

    You can now use Instagram to search for a specific person’s followers, and who they are following through a search bar feature. This is a great way for you to find potential customers when looking at a competitor’s followers.

    Instagram is known as the social network which relies heavily on searching through hashtags to find a user, image or video (apart from the above feature).

    Best Practices

    Use Relevant Hashtags

    To be found inside of Instagram’s search engine, you need to be using hashtags, and I don’t just mean the odd one or two. You need to be using between 10–20 hashtags per post, and these hashtags need to be relevant to your business.

    Quality Photos

    For a potential customer to “like” one of your photos, you need to be using hashtags, as well as great quality images. Make sure that you use a tool like Snapseed to add a filter to your images.

    Create Video’s Using Instagram Stories Then Post On Your Newsfeed

    Use Instagram stories to film a real-time video. Make sure that you also link back to your website inside of the video and then take the video and put it on your Instagram account for those who may have missed your story.


    YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine. 300 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute so if you aren’t already utilising YouTube’s large audience, you might be missing out on potential sales for your business.

    When creating a video, consider the following:


    You have the option to add a “subscribe” button, a link to a verified website and also a “suggested video”. Use these options to re-direct traffic back to your website, or to give your viewer a chance to get to know your business better by watching another video, and subscribing.

    Select A Language

    This is extremely important if you are targeting a location which speaks a certain language.

    Create Playlists

    A great way to keep your viewer engaged, and to be better found inside of YouTube is to create a playlist based on your videos.

    Add a date

    When searching inside of YouTube, you can search by date so make sure that all of your video’s have a date.

    Create Your Unique URL

    As you would for your Facebook Page, make sure that you create your own unique URL.

    Don’t forget to add a description to every single video you upload including your business keywords, as well as Social Media Links, and where your viewer can find more information about your business.


    Google+ is very different to all of the above social networks and that is because that although it isn’t a search engine, uploading all of your blogs and content rich in keywords will actually give you the chance to rank on the first page of Google for those keywords BECAUSE of the Google+ post.

    This is the only reason I use Google+, and how Google actually picked up one of my articles, and share it with their 3M+ audience inside of the Google+ social layer.

    So to answer the question of whether social networks are search engines; yes, and I hope that the above will help you better search, and be found inside of each social network.


    On the 13th April I will be holding a BRAND NEW and EXCLUSIVE webinar on Social Media, and creating images that drive engagement, traffic and sales.

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    Source : business2community.com

    Categorized in Search Engine

    SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Cooperating) has announced that patrons can now view catalog records via basic browser searches.

    Patrons using popular search engines like Google, Bing, and Yahoo, can find library item records in search engine results when they search for a title and include “SELCO” or library name.

    This new tool makes library items more readily accessible to patrons in their homes or on mobile devices and to those who are not active users of SELCO libraries.

    Previously library catalog records could not be found on search engines because library records, known as MARC records, cannot be read by search engine crawlers. BLUEcloud Visibility is a tool created by our library software provider, SirsiDynix. This tool transforms detailed library MARC records information into a new type of library record that is compatible with search engines.

    If you search for a title plus SELCO, you might find that your library results are not at the top of the search engine results returned.

    Library records are late in coming to the web, so it will take time for SELCO records to make their way through the ranks and land at the top of your results list. Search engines like Google prefer reliable sources like libraries and sites that people visit more often, and over time we can expect to climb up the list.

    Eventually the engines will be able to deliver library catalog records without requiring that “SELCO” be included in the search. Patrons will be able to simply search for a title and a search engine will pair a searcher’s geo-location with result data, to deliver the same catalog results.

    You can help SELCO improve search engine relevance by searching for us. Search for titles and follow the links to find and request your items. As more people show SELCO resources to be popular and useful, search engines will respond by giving our results preference.

    Source : austindailyherald.com

    Categorized in Search Engine

    In July the China Internet Information Network Center (CNNIC) published its bi-annualreport into the state of the internet in China (report in Chinese).

    The report is a good guide into the browsing behaviour of netizens, the common phrase used to describe Chinese internet users.

    The report is based on surveys sampling 30,000 Chinese residents older than six, from all of China’s administrative regions.

    In this article, I’m going to examine the implications of the report and use the findings to help guide B2B marketers to understand the search engine market in China.

    For more on this topic read Econsultancy's other posts on seven on-page SEO tips for Baidu, or download the Baidu Search Best Practice Guide.

    Chinese internet users

    As of June 2014 the number of Chinese netizens went up from 618m to 632m, a 2% increase from December 2013. The internet penetration rate in China now stands at 46.9%, well below the rate in America and Europe.

    Mobile netizens increased by 5% to 527m. The number of Chinese web users who use a mobile device to connect to the internet increased by 2.4%.

    Chinese web users also cemented their reputation as heavy users of the internet by spending an average of 26 hours online. This is an increase of around one hour compared to six months ago.

    In fact, when compared to a year ago the increase in time spent online is around four hours. Between June 2012 and June 2013 the increase was closer to two hours.

    To all intents and purposes the internet population in China is growing at a steady rate. Internet usage is on a steady upward trend too. 

    The question that always interests me, though, is what do Chinese netizens do when they go online?

    Chinese search engines

    One thing Chinese internet users do is use search engines to find information, products and services on the web.

    In the six months from December 2013, Chinese search engine use rose from 490m to 507m people. On mobile 406m people used a search engine, up from 365m people in December 2013.

    There are five well-known search engines in China: Baidu (百度), 360 Search (360搜索), Soso (搜搜), Sogou (搜狗搜索) and Youdao (有道). The former two make up around 84% of the market share.

    A search for 'Burberry' on Baidu

    In January 2013 Baidu (baidu.com) held 72% of the search engine market in China and Qihoo’s 360 Search (so.com) had 11%. By January 2014 things had changed significantly. 

    Baidu’s market share had dropped to 58%, while Qihoo’s had increased to 25% matching exactly the amount of market share that Baidu lost.

    What has come out of this is the fact that Baidu and 360 Search are the undisputed market leaders of online search in China, in both users and market share.

    Baidu and Qihoo

    Qihoo’s rapid expansion of its market share and users has seen its revenues increase and marketers are seeing potential there. In the first three months of 2014 Qihoo 360 rang up US$265.1m in revenue, a 141.3% increase from Q1 2013.

    By comparison, Baidu generated US$1.53bn during this same period. These numbers don’t suggest that 360 Search now holds 25% of the paid search market. But 360 Search’s rapid growth has got marketers in China interested nonetheless.

    Qihoo has grown its search engine from nothing to 25% market share in the space of two years. It has a 5% larger audience than it had a year ago. Netizens using its PC browsers rose by 2% compared to last year.

    Qihoo 360 is China’s leading internet browser and security software suite. Monthly active users of its PC-based products and services have clocked in at a huge 479m people.

    A search for 'Burberry' on 360 Search (so.com)

    It is the mainland's fastest-growing online search service and undisputed number one internet security provider.

    On the other hand, Baidu is the basis of comparison for all other search engines in China. It has the highest usage of all the other search engines on the market. In Q1 2014 keyword advertising was still the top priority of Chinese advertisers.

    In 2013 keyword advertising and contextual advertising brought the primary revenue in the Chinese search engine market. Search engine advertising revenue, namely revenue from keyword ads and display ads, accounted for 87.8% of the total revenues of search engines.

    According to iResearch keyword advertising revenue took up 74.1% of the Chinese search engine market. Revenue from display ads of advertising alliance and navigation ads accounted for 13.7% and 4.5% respectively.

    Why use Baidu and 360 Search?

    One reason that so.com is becoming popular for paid advertising in China is because it tends to have a lower cost per click (CPC) than Baidu in many industries. Conversion rates on 360 Search tend to be lower for comparable projects though.

    In the long term I’d suggest that conversion rates on so.com will improve. This is particularly true for businesses that face less competition in their niche who are likely to find a lower CPC on 360 Search.

    Users and marketers know what they get from Baidu and therefore conversion rates are higher. People use what they trust, but as the market is shifting so are user’s perceptions.

    But from a digital marketing point of view Baidu is still best. It is constantly updated and therefore is always ahead of the game.

    Baidu has a very good desktop editor and good security and click-fraud protection. It also has a very useful remarketing functionality built into its display network. There are 600,000 websites that partner with Baidu to display banner ads.

    Baidu is China’s most popular search engine and this will be the case for a while to come. But the market is slowly shifting and savvy marketers are looking at ways to leverage the new players on the market.

    Final thoughts

    So.com is now accounting for a quarter of all internet queries in China. In August 2014 the usage rate of so.com was 29%.

    Qihoo has managed to build a captive audience for its portal, browser, and security software. This captive audience has helped drive users to its search engine, so.com. 

    So far, 2014 has seen 360 Search drive up revenues from paid search advertising. There is still plenty of room for both Baidu and Qihoo 360 to co-exist in China’s paid search marketing space.

    If Qihoo’s revenues increase in line with its increase in market share and users, then 360 Search will start to become a very popular platform for advertising. It’s for this reason that marketers in China have been attracted to using 360 Search for paid advertising.

    What will emerge in the near future is a clearer understanding of which platform has a better conversion rate for certain industries. Also, it will be easier to compare cost per click statistics for both search engines once 360 Search is more widely used for paid search marketing.

    Do you use either Baidu or 360 Search for paid advertising? If you have any questions please leave a comment. I’d also love to hear your thoughts.

    Author : Misha Maruma
    Source : econsultancy.com

    Categorized in Market Research

    Every time you use a search engine to look something up on the Internet personally identifiable information will be collected by all major search engines. The search terms submitted to the search engine, as well as the time, date, and geographical location of the computer carrying out the search will be logged and stored.The search words you enter are often stored within search boxes in your browser, your computer will normally cache those words and pages you visit, your searched for terms can be retrieved by anyone with access to the hard disk.Do you really want search engines like Google or Bing to know everything you search for on the internet?

    What information do search engines keep?

    1) IP Address: Your personal computer IP address can be traced back to you through a reverse DNS lookup with tools finding out not only your ISP but also your approximate location such as State or Province.

    2) Date & Time: The exact date and time you were searching for a certain keyword will be logged. The browser you use is normally also stored in search engines logs.

    3) Query Terms: The terms your searched for will be stored.

    4) Cookie ID: A unique code is embedded into the cookie and assigned to a particular computer by the search engine. It allows a search engine to learn if requests came from a particular computer, as long as that identifiable cookie is still stored in the browser Internet searches can be linked and traced back to you independently of what computer IP you use.

    Notice that after some pressure from privacy groups some major search engines have begun to mask the computer user IP address on their search logs but this does not make your search history anonymous.

    What information do search engines send to webmasters?

    After you click on one of the results given by the search engine, your search terms are passed to the website server logs, that webmaster will know what search terms you used to find that site, the referring URL and your IP address, as well as other data like your Internet browser and operating system you are using and even your default browser language, all of this can help to identify you.

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    Privacy search engine Duck Duck GoYour web browser automatically sends information about your user agent and IP address to the search engine but Duck Duck Go will not store it at all. This information could be used to link you to your searches and other search engines will use it to show you more targeted advertising. Duck Duck Go will go out of its way to delete that data.

    At Duck Duck Go no cookies are used by default and they do not work with any affiliate program that will share personally identifiable information like name and address. Feedback at Duck Duck Go can also be given anonymous not having to enter an email address in the form (it can be left blank). This privacy search engine also allows searching via its SSL website and lots of customization options.

    Duck Duck Go pulls results from Microsoft’s Bing and Google search APIs, a lot of what you’re getting are results you could find on those search engines with the added advantage that your personal privacy is respected while searching the Internet. Duck Duck Go also has its own web crawler and web index.https://www.duckduckgo.com

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    Privacy search engine IxQuick & Startpage IxQuick was awarded the first European Privacy Seal, IxQuick privacy search engine will not record your IP address, other data like the search queries are deleted from the log files within a maximum of 48 hours, often sooner.

    IxQuick uses the POST method to keep your search terms out of the logs of webmasters of sites that you reach from their results, the major search engines on the other hand, use the GET method which allows web servers to log what search terms you used to reach them.

    You can use encrypted Secure Socket Layer (SSL) connections to carry out your search stopping your ISP from snooping on you, this is of vital importance if you are using a public computer in an internet cafe, library or at work where the network administrator can easily spy on your search terms.IxQuick uses a single anonymous cookie to remember the search preferences you saved for your next visit, it will not use cookies with a unique ID like many other websites do.IxQuick also allows for advanced syntax search and being a Metasearcher, it pulls some of it results from other major search engines like Bing, Ask or the Open Directory.

    IxQuick also lets you visit the chosen page with a built in proxy,  the webmaster server logs will only see/log IxQuick IP address and not yours.

    I tested IxQuick search proxy on my server and it also spoofs your agent ID and operating system, identifying itself as Google Chrome and Windows 7, this is a good practice as it makes even more difficult to pin you down.

    The Dutch IP IxQuick search proxy gives once reversed identified itself as Webhosting customers, making it obvious it is not an ISP but a hosted proxy, the URL entry was presented as blank in the server logs, overall, their proxy for searching in privacy does a good job at keeping your privacy online.https://www.ixquick.com or https://www.startpage.com

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     Search engine Blippex This search engine claims that it was built with privacy in mind, results are passed P2P without a central server and your computer IP, browser user agent string and referral page are not stored.

    Your connection to the site is encrypted with TLS and the company is very detailed and clear about what information they collect about you.

    Users can help out Blippex installing a browser extension that improves search results for other people based on how long you dwell on a site, the data is collected anonymously and it is not necessary to have the addon installed to search Blippex, it is just an extra for those who want to contribute create a search engine based on how popular a page is with people, results that are not viewed in 90 days are deleted.

    Blippex privacy standards far surpass those of Google and Yahoo, the search engines does not show advertisements or sells user’s data, to fund development some results for commercial products might have an affiliate code embedded so that Blippex can earn a commission. https://www.blippex.com

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     Usenet search engine BinSearch This is not an anonymous Internet searcher but it is included on the list because it carries results that nobody else does. BinSearch specialises in crawling binary Usenet newsgroups results that are ignored by all major search engines. You can search for Usenet posts subject, filenames or.nfo and limit your search to certain newsgroup or timeframe.

    Due to the huge amount of data that Usenet carries, results are refreshed every few weeks and old ones dropped, Binsearch crawls thousands of groups but it is not possible to index all of them, only the major newsgroups.http://www.binsearch.info

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     Disconnect.me searchA desktop and mobile phone app to search the Internet with privacy, it can be accessed using a website too without the need to install anything. Disconnect.me resorts to major search engines for your results, like Google and Bing, but it hides your computer IP when you perform a search, Disconnect has its own proxy server and it forwards search terms so that your own IP is never connected to those words.

    Disconnect has deployed secure TLS to stop others from eavesdropping on the search terms you enter. You can use this search interface to anonymously search for words, images, news or videos, a drop down menu lets you select what country you would like to search from, different results are given depending on the virtual location you choose, a useful utility for SEO professionals to look at search results from different locations without being there.https://search.disconnect.me

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    Tips to search the Internet with privacyDo not accept any of the major search engines cookies, they might use them to identify you later on, if you already have a Google or Bing search engine cookie on your computer, delete them.

    Do not sign up for email at the same search engine where you regularly search, your personal email address can potentially be tied up to your search terms. Using Google and Gmail (both Google products) or Bing and Hotmail (both Microsoft products) together is not a good idea.

    Mix up a variety of search engines, this will spread all of your searched terms across different companies and servers. Varying the physical location you search from can also be helpful, you can use a VPN or proxy to change your computer and country IP and delete all of your search engine cookies before starting a new private searching session.

    Source : hacker10.com

    Categorized in Search Engine

    Search Engines is a web based computer program that find pdf documents, Images, Videos and HTML pages for specified keyword and returns the high quality results of any webpage containing those keywords. Web engines crawled and indexed the billions of web pages (including Images, Videos, PDF documents much more) and show the results depending upon their importance. World most popular engine is Google end of 2016 62+ billion pages indexed by Google. Top 5 safe free search engines is Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask.com, AOL.

    1 Google.com    Alexa rank = 1   Similarweb rank = 1

    Google.comGoogle.com was developed by Sergey Brin and Larry Page in September 1998. 67.47% search market control by google inc. Company provide thousand of products and services like email, Google+, Google Search, Google Drive, Chrome, Youtube, Blogger, Android. Pagerank and link building is most popular algorithm provided by Google. The company reported 96% revenue was derived from its advertising programs. Using Google you can search images, videos, news, maps. Over 1.1+ billion WorldWide unique visitors use this website and over 55,976 employees work in this company. In 2005 google develop a desktop and mobile mapping service. It offering street maps, satellite imagery. Company CEO = Sundar Pichai. Company revenue US $68.83 billion in 2015. Net Income US $16.889 billion. Company total equity = $108.34 billion. Total employees = 59,976 (Q3 2016).

    2 Bing.com    Alexa rank = 28   Similarweb rank = 52

    Bing.comBing.com developed by microsoft in June 2009. Bing offering three column display format first column for traditional search results, second column shows structured data and in third column data shows provides from twitter and facebook. Bing offer some additional features such as interface, media, local info, integration with hotmail, integration with facebook, integration with apple, integration with window8. Bing entertainment service allow visitors to View Movies,    Tv shows,   Music  and Games. Bing finance and local services provide complete information about stock market and local business details and reviews. The images and videos search algorithm enable users to quickly search most relevant photographs and videos. Bing e-commerce market features enable users to find hotels, flight tickets and online products. 54.6 million USA unique visitors use this website.

    3 Yahoo.com    Alexa rank = 6   Site URL = http://www.yahoo.com

    Yahoo.comYahoo is a web-portal developed by David Filo and Jerry Yang in 1994. According to comscore 196 million US visitors use yahoo. Yahoo provides Sports information, news, Music, Videos, finance, messenger, mail, maps. Yahoo offer communication services like messenger and mail, yahoo mail service offer 10Gb storage. the company offer some social networking services like flickr, yahoo buzz, yahoo personals. End of 2010 yahoo offers mobile services like mobile blogging and messaging. Yahoo support the e-commerce market and small businesses. Company CEO Marissa Mayer and chairman Maynard webb. with yahoo service you can access more than one services such as mail, finance, world news, image hosting and watch movies cricket online. Company revenue = US $1.69 billion | Total assets = US $16.80 billion | Total employees = 14,453.

    4 Baidu.com    Alexa rank = 4   Site URL = http://www.baidu.com

    Baidu.comBaidu was founded by Robin Li and Eric Xu in january 2000. It indexed over 81 million images, 13 million audio and video files, 751 million webpages. It is 5th popular web crawler in the world and No 1 in the China. Baidu company provide several services such as - baidu cloud is most powerful cloud based service it offer 3 TB free online storage. Baidu post bar is another online community where users can share knowledge and ideas. Baidu image and video search services offer millions of multimedia files. Baidu offer social networking service users can post images, blogs, videos through this service.

    5 Yandex.com    Alexa rank = 1,257   Site URL = http://www.yandex.com

    Yandex.comYandex.com russian based engine developed by Arkady Vlozh and Llya Segalovich. According comscore 56 million users from all over the world use Yandex. Company revenue = $39.4 billion | Operating income = $13.3 billion | Net income = $13.6 billion | Total assets = $34 billion | Total equity = $28.89 billion | Total employees = 5,432.

    6 Ask.com    Alexa rank = 106   Site URL = http://www.ask.com

    Ask.comThe Ask was founded by David Warthen and Garrett Gruener in 1995. Ask is a most popular question answering site, later it add image and video search facility. Ask browser toolbar can appear as extra bar added to the any type of browser window. According quantcast 33 million US users use this site.

    7 AOL.com    Alexa rank = 243   Site URL = http://www.AOL.com

    Search.AOL.comAOL is a mass media corporation founded by Steve Case, Marc Seriff, Jim Kimsey. This company invest in many websites. AOL major acquisitions Techcrunch, Engadget, MapQuest, The Huffington post. AOL search facility powered by google inc. AOl also offer News, Lifestyle, Sports, Finance, Entertainment services. Company revenue = $2.19 billion | Net Income = $1.059 billion | Total assets = $2.799 billion | Total employees = 5,987.

    8 DuckDuckgo   Alexa rank = 609   Site URL = http://www.duckduckgo.com

    DuckDuckgo.comDuckDuckGo was founded by Gabriel Weinberg in september 2008. This website uses data from Wikipedia, Bing, Yahoo, Yendex. It puts privacy first and does't log user information and does not store IP addresses.

    9 Sogou.com    Alexa rank = 58   Site URL = http://www.sogou.com

    Soso.com is a web based chinese web crawler later this company owned by Tencent inc. So soso discontinued services and now redirects to Sogou.com.

    10 Webcrawler  Alexa rank = 2,486   Site URL = http://webcrawler.com

    Webcrawler.comWebcrawler.com was founded by Brian Pinkerton in april 1994. It was first fully indexed secure meta engine, that fetched the good results from Yahoo! inc, Google, Bing search, About.com, Ask.com and some others. Webcrawler offering all type of results like multimedia (including videos, images, local business information and news). Webcrawler show advertising results at the top and bottom of the page, and all organic results showing in middle of the page.

    11 Wow.com    Alexa rank = 2,104   Site URL = http://www.wow.com

    Wow.comWOW.com powered by Google, it provide quick link for most popular websites in the world. According quantcast 5.5 million US unique visitors use wow to find awesome stuff. WOW.com was developed by AOL company. This engine search images based on high quality pixel and its width, height and formats.

    12 Info.com    Alexa rank = 8,574   Site URL = http://www.info.com

    Info.comInfo.com is an image, video, news and html page finder and fetched results from Google, Open Directory, Yahoo and Bing, Ask. Info.com offers a meta engine that allows you to search multiple leading sources at once, returning more comprehensive and relevant results fast. Info provide some plugins for Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome. Using it users can easily access millions of images, videos, employment opportunities. Info.com online comparison shopping service enables users to compare products, prices and buy products.

    13 Infospace    Alexa rank = 14,246   Site URL = http://www.infospace.com

    61 million unique visitors use this website. Infospace was founded by Rich Skrenta in 2007. 5 million US visitors use this site it offer downable browser search toolbar. Infospace use the dynamic inference graph algorithm and slashtag filters.

    1. Excite.com Alexa rank  = 8,347   | Quantcast US rank = NA | Compete US rank = NA
    2. Dogpile.com Alexa rank = 6,371  | Quantcast USA rank = 4,161 | Compete US rank = 2,089
    3. Lycos.com Alexa rank = 15,114   | Quantcast US rank = 14,878 | Compete US rank = 15,185
    4. Contenko.com Alexa rank = 132K| Quantcast US rank = 143K | Compete US rank = 123K


    Comparison of Best Search Engines

    Best Search EnginesCompany namePages indexedAdvertise mentsDaily direct queriesQueries countRunning non free JSSoftware distribution license
    Google.com Google Over 63.2 billion Yes Over 413 million Yes No Proprietary
    Bing.com Microsoft Over 31.02 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
    Yahoo Search Yahoo! Over 24.2 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
    Baidu Search Baidu Over 771 million Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
    Yandex Search Yandex Over 2.2 billion Yes Unknown Yes No Proprietary
    SoSo Tencent Unknown Yes Unknown No No Proprietary
    DuckDuckGo DuckDuckGo NA Optional 7.6 million No No Mixed
    Gigablast NA Over 1.2 billion No Unknown Yes No Free
    Best Search EnginesServer's location(s)Https SupportProxy gateway search links availableIP address trackingBrowser trackingInformation sharingDedicated servers
    Google USA Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
    Bing USA/China Yes(SSL blocked in China) Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
    Yahoo search USA Yes Unknown Yes Yes Yes NA
    Baidu China & Japan No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown NA
    Yandex Russia Yes Unknown Unknown Unknown No NA
    SoSo China No Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown NA
    DuckDuckGo USA Yes Yes No No No NA
    Gigablast USA No No No No No NA

    List of Search Engines

    RankGeneral Search EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS UsersLanguage
    1 Google.com US, India, Brazil, UK 1 1 71.78% 11% 181M Multilingual
    2 Yahoo.com US, UK, France, India, Taiwan 4 4 64.76% 16.96% 161M Multilingual
    3 Baidu.com China 5 10 62.92% 8.1% 1.5M Multilingual
    4 Bing.com US, France 25 13 68.87% 4.77% 70M Multilingual
    5 Sogou.com China, Taiwan, Hong Kong 165 598 48.89% 32.27% 401K Chinese
    6 Duckduckgo US, France, UK, Germany 567 578 93.42% 2.43% 1.8M Multilingual
    7 Youdao.com China 623 1,645 61.12% 13.78% 231K Chinese
    8 Yandex.com Russia, Turkey, Germany, Ukraine 2,174 1,921 61.12% 13.20% 551K Multilingual
    9 Go.com US, Canada, Venezuela, UK 81 115 63.31% 16.89% 52M NA
    10 Search.aol US, UK, Germany, China 152 94 68.32% 7.66% 19M English
    11 Lycos.com US, UK, Canada, Germany 9,856 13,246 54.54% 22.92% 351K NA
    12 Qwant.com France, Germany, Belgium 22,765 10,124 89.78% 7.01% NA NA


    RankMetasearch EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS UsersLanguage
    1 Webcrawler US, India, Canada, Indonesia 998 985 7.87% 91.22% 4.5M English
    2 kayak.com US, Canada, Spain, Israel 567 1,432 34.33% 26.43% 7M Multilingual
    3 Excite.com US, Canada, UK, Germany 7,932 8,583 64.12% 11.34% 512K English
    4 ixquick.com US, Germany, France, Netherlands 9,897 3,123 87.24% 2.52% 289K Multilingual
    5 Info.com US, Canada, India, Malaysia 8,342 11,342 13.24% 87.35% 1M English
    6 Zoo.com Germany, Brazil, Mexico, India 32,564 13,478 96.54% 2.66% 37K NA
    7 Yippy.com US, UK, France, Canada 127,328 212,976 41.22% 1.23% 25K English

    RankJob search EnginesPopular in...?Alexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Indeed.com US, Canada, Australia, Germany 159 212 36.18% 40.56% 18M
    2 Naukri.com India, Japan, United Arab Emirates 445 1,311 54.87% 23.78% 120K
    3 Glassdoor.com US, India, Canada, UK 513 1,421 34.89% 43.21% 11M
    4 Monster.com US, India, Canada, Philippines 877 1,786 37.68% 43.25% 10M
    5 Careerbuilder US, Uk, India, Canada, Philippines 1,578 1,896 47.81% 20.19% 6M
    6 Jobstreet.com Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore 2,170 2,765 51.86% 6.89% 61K
    7 careers.yahoo NA NA NA NA NA NA
    8 Incruit.com Korea, Venezuela, Thailand 2,432 3,123 19.45% 67.72% NA
    9 Dice.com US, India, Canada, Eritrea 4,231 5,865 48.97% 12.89% 2.2M
    10 Adzuna.co.uk UK, US, Ireland, France 18,475 22,345 38.89% 29.64% 145K
    11 Eluta.ca Canada, India, France 49,787 57,987 29.89% 51.78% NA
    12 Linkup.com US, India, Canada, UK 81,478 84,875 21.98% 50.98% 231K


    RankBitTorrent search EnginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Torrentz.eu 185 484 64.89% 21.32% 2M
    2 iSohunt.to 3,432 1,786 25.76% 34.00% 411K
    3 Btdigg.org 9,543 6,212 24.87% 17.11% 65K
    4 Mininova.org 37,234 18,501 51.77% 14.45% 53K
    5 Torrentus.si 92,423 53,674 38.98% 46.81% NA


    RankQuestion & AnswerAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Ask.com 34 25 89.86% 5.12% 20M
    2 Quora.com 151 342 32.87% 57.22% 8M
    3 Answers.com 328 289 14.67% 52.01% 25M
    4 eHow.com 678 1,511 11.31% 85.79% 16M
    5 Wikihow.com 189 432 9.87% 90.71% 8M
    6 Answers.yahoo NA   45.12 9.87 NA

    RankMaps Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Bing maps 987 1023 56.23 7.23 NA
    2 Google Maps 234 342 67.34 26.45 NA
    3 Mapquest.com 964 958 47.51% 46.72% 16M
    4 Wikimapia.org 2,432 1,121 24.22% 71.44% 461K
    5 Here.com 2,618 1,751 25.21% 18.63% 1M
    6 Openstreetmap.org 5,897 3,375 43.43% 33.67% 342K


    RankNews Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 News.Google.com 105 115 53.37 0.95 189M
    2 Bing.com/news 212 342 59.67 9.56 NA
    3 Topix.com 989 1,378 27.12% 36.61% 4.1M
    4 news.Yahoo.com 134 167 49.34 3.23 178M
    5 Newslookup.com 243,956 447,432 12.21 84.13 453K


    RankReal estate/ property Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Zillow.com 164 223 44.42% 42.12% 25.5M
    2 Realtor.com 491 826 42.11% 40.43% 10.5M
    3 Rightmove.co.uk 723 1,134 47.18% 35.54% 221K
    4 Redfin.com 992 1,961 55.34% 28.91% 2.8M
    5 Hotpads.com 5,965 4,213 42.64% 43.87% 1.3M

    RankBusiness Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Justdial.com 411 2,218 11.11% 84.45% 301K
    2 Thomasnet.com 12,342 28,543 18.89% 71.12% 558
    3 Globalspec.com 18,125 27,301 16.43% 77.99% 441K
    4 Business.com 24,891 43,321 38.90% 34.27% 300K
    5 Nexis.com 68,125 53,673 52.97% 6.45% 60K


    RankMultimedia Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Youtube.com 3 3 46.31% 21.33% 161M
    2 Bing videos 3,231 3,389 45.12 6.19 19.6M
    3 Yahoo Video 1,231 2,312 48.32 4.67 NA
    4 Tineye.com 4,111 6,254 71.34% 19.54% 123K
    5 Vevo.com 5,821 5,231 47.87% 31.75% 1.1M
    6 Blinkx.com 38,275 6,775 13.11% 2.47% 325K
    7 Findsounds.com 147,423 69,334 26.33% 50.41% NA


    RankSource code Search enginesAlexa rankSimilarweb rankDirect trafficGoogle trafficUS Users
    1 Code.Google.com   3,452 24.32 37.10 5.4M
    2 Code.Openhub.net          

    Source : socialcliff.com

    Categorized in Search Engine

    Students, teachers and the public turn to their librarians for help researching everything from technology to genealogy to homework help and lesson plans. Even if your library is equipped with subscriptions and memberships to top of the line databases and online journals, you’ve probably had to get creative during a patron’s requested search for something unfamiliar. Next time, though, you can turn to one of these 50 search engines, designed to pull from the Web only the information you really need.

    Meta Search and Multi Search Engines

    These meta search and multi search engines can search numerous engines and sites at once, maximizing the number of results you get each time you conduct a search.

    1. Ms. Freckles: Adorable Ms. Freckles can search online for different file types, definitions, translations, film, finance sites, and a lot more all at once.
    2. Kart00: This cartoon-inspired search engine lets you hover over results to get a preview of the site before you open it. Results are also organized by topic so that you can narrow down your search and organize hits.
    3. Fazzle: Search the web’s best, the entire web, downloads, images, videos, audio or headline news. You can also select an advanced search to find incredibly specific results.
    4. Trexy: This site saves your search memory so that you don’t have search multiple times on different engines.
    5. Mamma: Here at “the mother of all search engines,” librarians search the web or video. Next to your results is an option to refine your search by choosing a suggested category.
    6. 1-Page Multi Search: Type your search into one or several of the following search engines at once: Alta Vista, AOL, EntireWeb, Gigablast, Hot Bot, Lycos, Scrub, Yahoo!, Google, YouTube, Dogpile, Ask Jeeves, and a lot more.
    7. iZito: Busy librarians who are constantly finding new reference sites and search engines will like iZito because of its ability to save your history in an easy drop down tab.

    Multimedia and Interactive

    For help finding pictures, podcasts, music and shareware, use these search engines.

    1. Metacafe: Find videos on this site if you want a change from YouTube.
    2. Google Play Music: Patrons looking for music can use this search engine, which “lets you listen to any song or band.” You can also search the featured list or top played list.
    3. Picsearch: This large photo search engine has more than 2 billion images in its directory.
    4. Get a Podcast: Search for podcasts all around the web in this directory.
    5. Shareware: If you need to install new software programs on your library computers, turn to Shareware first, which pulls up tons of free programs and downloads.
    6. Public Radio Fan: Find information for thousands of public radio stations on this site. You can find the times of different broadcasts, station names, podcasts and more.

    Google Search Engines

    A Google search doesn’t just mean typing in a keyword on the homepage and seeing what pops up. Try out these niche search engines sponsored by Google to find books, images and more information that librarians will find useful.

    1. Google Image Search: Ask Google to bring up the most popular images on the web with this engine.
    2. Google Scholar: Get connected to scholarly journals and publications here.
    3. Google Books: Search online copies of books on this search engine, which features categories like literature and science fiction to biology and linguistics to highly cited to categories organized by subject and keyword.
    4. Alerts: Set up Google Alerts for any subject so that you’ll get results sent to your inbox every time there’s a new site, blog or keyword mention on the web.

    Great Niche Sites for Librarians

    From family friendly and kid-safe searches to science and medical search engines, these niche sites can help you with very specific research projects.

    1. Scirus: Pull up science-related results on this research-oriented search engine. You can find “not only journal content but also scientists’ homepages, courseware, pre-print server material, patents and institutional repository and website information.”
    2. Librarians’ Internet Index: Here you’ll be connected to quality, authoritative sites. Search by keyword or narrow down your search by browsing categories like business, government, media, health, computers, or the arts and humanities.
    3. Family Friendly Search: Librarians at elementary and middle schools, as well as public librarians, may be interested in directing patrons to this site, which is safe for kids.
    4. Intute: This British search engine lets you pick search options in the following categories for a specialized search: science and technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and the health and life sciences.
    5. PubMed: PubMed is one of the premier search engines for medical students and researchers. You can find journal articles, citations, clinical information and more.
    6. Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research: On the GSU College of Law site, librarians and patrons can take advantage of this meta-index which brings up judicial opinions, legislation and more.
    7. Internship Programs: College librarians may want to direct students to this search engine, which connects searchers to internship opportunities.
    8. Congoo: For current events and news searches, use Congoo to connect you to the latest in technology, industry, business, world news, finance, politics, Internet trends and more.
    9. CataLaw: CataLaw is another law search engine that organizes “all indexes of law and government into a uniform, universal and unique metaindex.”
    10. USGenWeb Archives: Help your patrons with genealogy searches with this engine.

    Custom Searches

    Tailor your search to your daily needs with these search engines, which can be modified by remembering search history, customizing templates and more.

    1. mozbot: Pick a language and customize your search with this engine. Mozbot can also add results to your favorites, send results by e-mail, display thumbnails of different sites, and provide suggestions for similar sites.
    2. Curriculum Search: Help teachers find reference materials, lesson plans and tools by searching this Google custom search engine.
    3. Computer Science Research: Use this search engine or adapt it to make your own to find computer science materials and references.
    4. Rollyo: Choose to search categories like health, travel, tech, reference and others using Rollyo, a system that “create[s] search engines using the sources you trust.”
    5. Ujiko: This sleekly designed search engine lets you choose how you want your results displayed and organized.

    Reference Searches

    The following list of search engines prove useful to all kinds of librarians in search of dictionaries and other reference materials.

    1. JustCite: JustCite is a legal search engine and can help you find citations.
    2. Online Journals Search Engine: Search scientific databases and journals here.
    3. Powerset: For a basic Q&A session, use Powerset to quickly search Wikipedia entries.
    4. Infoplease: Get information on any subject, from history and government to arts and entertainment to world news to biographical information to homework help.
    5. Guide Star: This search tool is great for public librarians or librarians who work with teachers wanting information on grants and nonprofits. Type in the name of an organization or keyword to find nonprofit group information.
    6. JoeAnt: You can get answers to research queries on any subject at JoeAnt, from computers to science to politics to the humanities to business law.
    7. Find Tutorials: Find tutorials for practically everything on this search site, from education to culture to spirituality, to finance to the Internet.
    8. RefDesk: RefDesk is known as the “fact checker for the Internet.” You can search MSN, Google, Yahoo! or Wikipedia, as well as various dictionaries and periodicals.
    9. OneLook Dictionary Search: Get detailed definitions, translations and more on this search engine, which pulls from over 1,000 different dictionaries.
    10. The Dictionary of Free Online Books and Shopping: Look up and access books online for free using this search engine, which includes educational books, history books, children’s books, biographies, political books and a lot more.
    11. Thinkers: Wisdom: This site features a literary search engine called Wisdom that can search the web, images, audio, video, a dictionary and more.
    12. Information.com: Use the web search or search encyclopedias, blogs, articles and online groups to get creative with your reference search.

    Library Search Engines

    Check out these search engines that are designed to emulate or are sponsored by libraries and librarians.

    1. Internet Public Library: Find references, search the collections by subject, check out the reading room or KidSpace when you visit this online public library.
    2. The Open Library: Here, librarians discover “one web page for every book.” This open source project also features an advanced search, connecting you to the exact book and full-text publication you’re looking for.
    3. Awesome Library: Find full-text books, journals, kid-safe sites, business information and more on this online library search engine.
    4. LibDex: Search the indexes and other information for 18,000 different libraries here.
    5. WorldCat: WorldCat helps patrons and librarians “find items in libraries near you.” Search for books, DVDs, CDs and articles.

    Source : http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/50-awesome-search-engines-every-librarian-should-know-about

    Categorized in Search Engine

    How to search the Dark Web

    What do freedom fighters, unscrupulous hackers, and opportunistic tycoons have in common? They all use the Dark Web, and they all want traffic.

    Though the Dark Web can be a haven for illicit activity, the encrypted internet is also home to innovative startups and creative technologists. There's also a ton of fascinating, and legal, content on the Dark Web, including Facebook's Dark Web site, The New Yorker's source protection site Strongbox, and tons and tons of cats.

    Dark Web sites, like those in this list, require the Tor browser to access, but just like the clearnet, thousands of sites are indexed by and accessed using search engines. Some search engines, like Grams and Helix, have slick design. Others, like Torch, are bare bones and return a variety of URLs, some legal and useful, some broken, some clearly illicit.

    This is a list of the most useful, popular, and interesting Dark Web search engines.

    Before you hop on Tor and begin poking around, novices and experts alike should exercise care and caution when visiting the Dark Web. Though many of these sites return benign content, much of the Dark Web is NSFW. TechRepublic does not condone illegal or unethical activity. Offensive material can sometimes be just a click away. Browse at your own risk. Never break the law. Use the Dark Web safely, and for legal purposes only.

    Source : http://www.techrepublic.com/pictures/gallery-the-top-dark-web-search-engines/

    Categorized in Search Engine

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